Despite what you see from our General Assembly and Governor, most people in North Carolina are informed, tolerant and kind. The 2010 election turned both houses Republican, many of them from the more rural conservative areas. Frustrated citizens blindly (and stupidly) voted for anyone not the incumbent without regard to whether or not they were doing a good job. These ill-informed unhappy voters voted only for the inexperienced newcomers. Boosted by huge funding from conservative Political Action Committees, the tone of the General Assembly changed dramatically. Another thing forgotten by these dissatisfied voters was the 2010 census. The census led to gerrymandered districts that twice have been deemed illegal by the court system. The new districts dilute the votes from the more liberal cities, practically assuring election of conservatives. Many churches are providing lists of candidates they consider sufficiently "Christian" to serve in the General Assembly. (The word is in quotes because these people are far from Christian and the tenants of Christianity.) As a result Asheville in not in the mountain district. Asheville, likely the best known mountain city in the entire State. One district cut a narrow and irregular swath all the way from our border with Virginia south to our border with South Carolina. Even members of the legislature smugly admit that the new voter registration laws are intended to disenfranchise Democrat voters.
The General Assembly has taken our State backward. In the name of "religious liberty" they want to return to the days when it was perfectly fine to discriminate against anyone different from themselves. In fact, one new law specifically forbids local communities or counties from passing legislation designed to protect any group from discrimination.
These political cartoon speak for themselves. Please note the cartoonist of each.
They don't even listen to God Almighty!
And so our State is losing revenue by individuals and companies who will not come here because of the new law. Sadly, many of our legislators think that this affects only the cities in North Carolina. And everyone knows those liberal hotbeds are wicked. They are too uninformed to realize what they are doing to our State, not just to our cities. Their response to PayPal pulling out plans to add 400 NC jobs? "Cancel your PayPal account. That'll show them." Our own Governor announced that the other States who are forbidding all but the most essential travel to NC are simply trying to make us look bad. Sorry, guv. You and the General Assembly have already done that worse than anyone else could possibly do.
Yesterday Governor McCrory announced an Executive Order regarding the infamous HB 2. Surprisingly enough, the order extends protection to State employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The order affects only State employees and none other. The bathroom clause remained unchanged. And the law still prohibits cities from developing their own anti-discrimination ordinances. So with the stroke of his pen, the Governor managed to infuriate those on both sides of the issue.
A new billboard by the roadside in Polk County
Makes me so sad
I believe it's only a matter of time before this onerous law is changed. But it will take years to undo the damage it has caused. Just as I never imagined a Presidential campaign like this one, I never imagined my State turning so vindictively red.